Easton’s organization and a local barber organize a back-to-school campaign to provide backpacks and free haircuts to students in need | Lehigh Valley Regional News


EASTON, Pa. — An organization in Easton is partnering with a local barber to host a back-to-school campaign to provide backpacks and free haircuts to students in need.

69 News Reporter Chantelle Calhoun spoke with organizers who say they are in urgent need of supplies.

A day filled with fun activities, haircuts and giving back started with a local barber.

“Years ago I lost my home three times in the Delaware River floods and had a very young child and went through a divorce and a recession and business wasn’t going so well “said Stephan Flowers, owner of Samantha hair salon.

After experiencing his own struggles, Flowers says he knew he had to do something.

“I noticed the kids being bullied for their hair, mommy giving them a bad haircut, so I thought, well, I could give the kids free haircuts, and then it happened. turned into kids needing backpacks.”

Flowers decided to partner with a local organization Third Street Alliance for Women and Children where the partners gathered to launch their annual back-to-school campaign. But with only weeks to go until this school year, organizers say they are still a few hundred pound bags away from their goal.

“We are getting closer to our goal of 500 but we are not there yet and we could really use more help with school supplies or backpacks, it would be really useful to give to children in the community,” said declared Third Street Alliance for Women and Children Administrative Assistant Jena Sentz.

And with inflation and major increases in the prices of supplies, the needs have become greater.

“It’s an overwhelming number for sure. I will say last week we were concerned about what we have collected so far but we have had so many groups, businesses and volunteers contacting us but we still need more supplies” , Sentz said.

The event will take place on August 21, and anyone wishing to donate can visit one of the seven drop-off locations throughout Easton.

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